GVID goes in search of water

Developers of Dorado willing to aid financially with transportation issue

KINGMAN - A lack of available water has sent the Golden Valley Improvement District shopping outside its boundaries for additional water sources.

In an effort to bring more water into the district, the GVID is looking to obtain approximately 6,000 acre-feet (about 12,000 household allocations) from the area near Yucca.

The GVID decided in June to halt the sale of water allocations sold to newly rezoned parcels. This change occurred, according to Public Works Director Mike Hendrix, because the potential lots that could be created out of already zoned lots exceeded the number of allocations left.

When this dilemma was discovered, Hendrix said they tried to find additional allocations within the improvement district but were unsuccessful. It was then that they started to look outside the district.

Hendrix said the county has submitted an application to the Arizona Department of Water Resources to reserve the 6,000 acre-feet of water.

He said water across the state was on a first come, first serve basis and it was possible to "reserve" water in a separate area. If ADWR approves the application, Hendrix said the next step would be to try to get the water from point A to point B.

Golden Valley has an immense potential for growth, Hendrix said. The county wanted to be able to support this growth, given that it was done in a responsible manner.

One developer looking at developing a master-planned community in Golden Valley has shown indications that he would be willing to support this endeavor financially, Hendrix said.

Michael Pierce, an attorney specializing in water matters for the developers, said they wanted to help the county get things going. He said Dorado, a master-planned community proposed within GVID, wanted to put up the capital necessary to reserve the water for the district.

He said they were also interested in helping to put up the seed money for the infrastructure necessary to transport the water to Golden Valley.

Of the 6,000 acre-feet of water GVID is trying to get, Pierce said Dorado would need a little less than 2,000 acre-feet. Water was an important part of the project, he said, and Dorado wanted to pay their fair share of transporting the water for use.

While both Pierce and Hendrix said that no agreement has been penned on paper, they said they hoped to discuss Dorado's involvement in the project as soon as possible.